Welcome action on medicine shortages

Date: 28 June 2018

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia welcomes the introduction of legislation today to make reporting of medicine shortages mandatory.

Health Minister Greg Hunt introduced the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2018 Measures No.1) Bill 2018, which enables the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to implement a mandatory reporting scheme for medicine shortages.

As Mr Hunt told Parliament, medicine shortages have become an increasing problem in recent years not just in Australia but around the world. A shortage of a critical medicine places patients' lives at risk.

The Pharmacy Guild fully supports the move to a mandatory reporting regime which will significantly improve communication around medicine shortages for the benefit of patients and health professionals.

Timely communication about medicine shortages and any available alternatives is vital to providing the best level of care for patients.

Too many times in the past, community pharmacists have been affected by shortages with no warning or readily available information. This legislation will significantly reduce the likelihood of sub-standard patient care arising from unforeseen and un-notified medicine shortages.

As a member of the Medicines Partnership of Australia, the Pharmacy Guild has been working with the Minister and the TGA on this over the past 12 months.

Contact: Greg Turnbull
Phone: 0412 910 261

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